Jan. 29, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – For the first time in history, the Seminoles earned a sweep over the Virginia Cavaliers (13-6, 2-5 ACC) with a 67-58 road victory Sunday afternoon at University Hall. Led by Holly Johnson’s 15 points and Alicia Gladden’s 12 points and 11 rebounds, the Seminoles picked up their first ACC road win of the season and improved to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in ACC play.
“Being able to do this shows a lot of growth in our program,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We talked about it as a team. The things we really love about this team and program and our seniors have talked about the growth that they’ve seen over that time. This is a very historic program at Virginia. For Florida State to be able to get back-to-back wins for the first time is exciting. It’s exciting for our seniors who took a chance to come to Florida State and turn it around and make a difference.”
The Seminoles led for the final 27:39 of the game and used spurts to maintain control of the game. With 14:46 left in the game, the Cavaliers pulled to within a point at 35-34 when the Seminoles went on an 18-6 run, including a 9-0 stretch, to take their largest lead at 53-40. Four different Seminoles scored during the run, including Tanae Davis-Cain who hit two big three-pointers. UVA responded with a 14-5 run of its own and got to within four points at 58-54 with 2:05 remaining. Another freshman, Britany Miller, hit a big jumper to put the Seminoles back up six and FSU led by at least five points the rest of the way. FSU’s final seven points were from the free throw line.
“It was a good basketball game,” Semrau said. “I thought Virginia rebounded the basketball extremely well. That’s something that they did the first time we played. It was a game of runs. Our 9-0 run in the second half was really huge to open up things for us in the second half. I loved our team defense which allowed us to hang on to that lead.”
The Seminoles led 28-22 at the break but had to come from behind to do so. As expected with home teams, Virginia came out running and gunning. After the Seminoles missed their first shot of the game, the Cavaliers ran off seven straight points on shots from three different players. A three-pointer by Ganiyat Adeduntan put the Seminoles on the board at 17:50 on the clock and with aggressive play from Gladden and HJohnson, who combined for FSU’s next eight points, FSU forced a tie. Two free throws by LaQuinta Neely put the Tribe up 13-11 at the 13:21 mark and Florida State led the rest of the half. The Seminole defense held UVA without a point for nearly seven minutes during which time Florida State built a nine-point advantage at 24-15. Back-to-back three-pointers by Brenna McGuire put UVA right back into the game and to within three-points with 3:15 remaining in the half. Shante Williams played just six minutes in the first half but had five big points. A driving lay up which resulted in a three-point play began the Seminoles’ 8-0 run and the sophomore hit a bucket with 34 seconds left in the half to extend FSU’s lead to six points at the break.
“Anytime you go on the road in the ACC, a lead at halftime is substantial,” Semrau said.
Neely also had double figures for the Seminoles with 10 points and a team-high five assists.
Florida State will continue its road swing with the third of three straight road games when the Seminoles travel to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech February 2nd at 7 p.m.